The whole world (even many in the United States, which isn’t normally soccer crazy) has its eyes on South Africa right now for World Cup 2010. The problem is that the world may have its eyes on South Africa at times when those eyes should be closed.
With 32 international teams playing three or more games played every day, it can be difficult to figure out when to get some shut-eye, and that’s not even considering the time zone issue. For those on the west coast of the United States, some games will start early in the morning … before the sun comes up.
Here at SleepBetter, we’ve written about the dangers of sleep deprivation after events like the Super Bowl, but events like the NCAA basketball tournament and World Cup are a different animal entirely. They go on for weeks, and fans can find themselves seriously sleep deprived before the champion has been crowned. Studies of sleep deprivation have shown that missing the proper amount of sleep for even one day can cause reduced coordination, reflexes, and decision making.
Here are some tips for enjoying the World Cup without finding yourself in a sleep deprivation stupor:
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